Senior (grade 7-12) retreat this Thursday

Congratulations to the spectacular grade 5’s and 6’s that took part in the Music Monday Beginner retreat in Allan this past Monday and thanks to our wonderful clinicians that worked with the students.

Tomorrow is Division Rehearsal in Allan but also this coming Thursday all senior students will travel to the University of Saskatchewan to have a fantastic day of workshops and fun with University of Saskatchewan faculty members. Parents are welcome.

Students need to be dropped at the University of Saskatchewan Education Building (28 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1) for 8:30am and picked up from Prairie Jurassic (618 Cynthia St, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A2) at 6pm.

Students will be working with three fantastic clinicians throughout the day and rounding it off with Laser tag at Prairie Jurassic. There is no cost for this day (activity paid for through band fees) but students need to arrange car pooling or transport to and from the day and bring a packed lunch. Students need clean runners/Grip socks for laser tag.

Schedule

  • 8:30am– Arrive and Team Building

(Gather in the main hall at the Education building by Quance Theatre)

  • 9:00-10:30 – Full Band Rehearsal with Paul Suchan

Break

  • 10:50-12:15– Composition session w/ Paul Suchan (East Percussionists w/ Darrell Bueckert)

Lunch

  • 1-3pm– Song Class with Jennifer Lang /RhythmBox (percussion ensemble) w/ Darrell Bueckert
  • 3:15 – Depart for Prairie Jurassic
  • 4-6pm – Prairie Jurassic Activities
  • 6pm – Depart

Guest Clinicians

Paul Suchan   (Conductor for full band, Composition session)

With works described as engaging, diverse and profound, Canadian composer, performer and music educator Paul Suchan has been performed by many of Canada’s leading ensembles including the McGill Wind Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Universite de Montreal Big Band and the National Youth Band of Canada. In December 2011, at the age of only 28, Mr. Suchan’s ninety minute opera, The Beast in the Jungle, was performed in Montreal with orchestra under the baton of the composer. In 2014 Mr. Suchan was awarded first place in the Canadian Band Association Composition Competition for his piece Swiftriver Passage.

In addition to Mr. Suchan’s collaborative work with community and high school groups, he is the Co-founder and current Co-Artistic Director of the Sask New Music Festival, an annual 3-day festival that features Saskatchewan and prairie composers. He is in demand as a performer, conductor and clinician and has taught at both the secondary and post secondary level. He performs regularly on saxophone and piano with many different ensembles, including his jazz trio, PFM.

Mr. Suchan is from Saskatoon, where he graduated with a B. Mus/B.Mus Ed (2007) from the University of Saskatchewan. He furthered his studies at the Universite de Montreal with a M.Mus in Composition (2012) with composer Alan Belkin. He is currently based in Montreal where he lives with his wife Naomi.

Dr. Jennifer Lang – Vocal (Song Sessional)

Dr. Jennifer Lang is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan where she directs the Greystone Singers and the University Chorus.

While completing her graduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, Jennifer instructed advanced choral techniques and music education courses at the Don Wright Faculty of Music and Faculty of Education.  In addition to serving as Program Coordinator for Musical Futures Canada, she was an instructor in the Teaching Support Centre, director of the UWO Choir and a conductor within the Amabile Boy’s and Men’s choirs of London, ON.

Prior to completing her doctorate, Jennifer served as a program leader of vocal and instrumental secondary school music with the District of Niagara Arts Academy in the District School Board of Niagara.

Darrell Bueckert – Percussion (RhythmBox sessional)

Darrell is a graduate of the University of Manitoba (B.A.) and the University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus. Mus.Ed. and M.Ed. in instrumental music). He has performed with many professional organizations including both the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra where he is now Principal Timpanist.

Darrell has also been a founding member of several percussion ensembles which have performed throughout Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories for schools and communities. Darrell was an itinerant band teacher in the Saskatchewan Valley School Division and is now on faculty with the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan as Applied Percussion Instructor and Sessional Lecturer in Music Education. From 2006-2009 Darrell was also Adjunct Professor to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina.

Beginner Music Monday Retreat – Thursday East/West Senior Division Retreat

Another busy week approaches. Hope you are soaking up the sun and preparing for another caterpillar onslaught!

Monday May 7th – Music Monday Beginner Retreat at Allan

All student will board a bus at their home school at 9am and returned in time for buses home.

Students please remember your instrument, music, pencil and lunch.

  • Aberdeen – Dolores Dyck – Bus 358
  • Clavet – Jackie Chysyck – Bus 347
  • South Corman Park/Clavet – Darcy Bailey – Bus 387 – pick up South Corman Park and then Clavet
  • Colonsay – Judy Kalinocha – Bus 410
  • Hanley – Kelvin Orsen – Bus 414
  • Dundurn – Tracy Adam – Bus 252

Thursday May 10th – Senior East/West Division Band Retreat – University of Saskatchewan 

The senior retreat will be Thursday May 10th only (not the 11th as well). Students need to be dropped at the University of Saskatchewan Education Building (28 Campus Dr, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X1) for 8:30am and picked up from Prairie Jurassic (618 Cynthia St, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A2) at 6pm

Students will be working with three fantastic clinicians throughout the day and rounding it off with Laser tag at Prairie Jurassic. There is no cost for this day but students need to arrange car pooling or transport to and from the day and bring a packed lunch.

  • 8:30am  Arrive and Team Building                                                                           (Gather in the main hall at the Education building by Quance Theatre)
  • 9:00-10:30    Rehearsal w/ Paul Suchan 
  •                                   Break
  • 10:50-12:15  Composition session w/Paul Suchan                                                                  (East Percussionists w/Darrell Bueckert)
  •                                   Lunch
  • 1-3pm    Song Class with Jennifer Lang /RhythmBox (percussion ensemble) w/ Darrell Bueckert  
  • 3:15 – Depart for Prairie Jurassic
  • 4-6pm – Prairie Jurassic Activities
  • 6pm – Depart

Upcoming: May and year end approaches.

Hello,

As we gear up for the Spring concert and year end there is lots happening!

May 7th – Music Monday – GRADE 5/6 Retreat

To celebrate National music day and to give our students the experience in playing in a large group all grade 5 students are meeting in Allan for the day. Grade 6 students are also invited. This will happen entirely within ,the regular school day as students will be bussed from their home school at 9am to Allan and back in time to catch their regular busses. Students just need to bring a packed lunch, their music and instrument.

If you can help Chaperone please let your Music teacher know asap.

Please see attached letter sent home: Beginner Day Retreat May 7th

May 10th/11th – Senior Division Tour

The seniors will be taking part with our West Music students in clinics, rehearsals, fun activities and concerts.This will not be an overnight tour but students will stay beyond the school day.  Information to follow imminently.

May 24th/25th – Senior In-Division Tour 

The Seniors will perform in various PSSD East and West schools over two days. This will include the Song Class, RhythmBox, East and West Bands and ensembles. Further information to follow.

May 28th – Spring Fling Concert – 7pm at Clavet School

Our year end concert will take place at Clavet school on Monday May 28th, featuring our massed Grade 5/6 Band, Senior Band, RhythmBox and Percussion Ensembles, Song class and Special Guests the Stone Frigate Big Band from Saskatoon.

Division Student Retreat – Grade 7-12 students – This Saturday Morning

Just a further reminder for this Saturday morning (April 21st). All Division Music Students (grades 7-12) need to be dropped off at Allan for 9:30am for pivotal rehearsals for their small ensembles. RhythmBox and Song.

We have a special guest clinician coming to work with our students so it is imperative that everyone attends to prepare for the upcoming in-division tours in our schools.

The Retreat will be done by 1pm.

Division Band retreat: This Saturday – Week Ahead

Just a reminder ALL division students (Grades 7-12 only) are needed at the day retreat this coming Saturday April 21st at Allan. This is a vital retreat to prepare for the in-division tours coming up and our final concert.

We are excited to be bringing in special guest Dr. Jennifer Lang to work with all of the students but in particular the Song Class students. Dr. Lang directs the acclaimed Greystone Singers and is a faculty member of the University of Saskatchewan music department.

RhythmBox will also be working on their percussion ensemble pieces.

  • When: Jennifer Lang Saturday April 21st, 9:30am-1pm
  • Where: Allan Composite School
  • What to bring: All RhythmBox/Song music, a snack.

There is no trip to Watrous this coming Wednesday. The next Division Band rehearsal in Wednesday March 25th.

Grade 7-12 RESONATE tomorrow – Friday 13th April

A reminder that Tomorrow; Friday April 13th is Resonate Student Music Conference for ALL Division Band Students grade 7-12. Please see the below times for bus pick ups and drop offs. Students will be rehearsing with the West Band after Resonate.

Pick ups

  • Bus 1: Allan 7:35am   Dundurn gas station 8:00am
  • Bus 2: Aberdeen 7:30am Clavet: 8:00am

All Students Depart Beaver Creek Camp by 6:00pm

Students will need to bring their instruments and music. There is no concert uniform/concert dress necessary.

Resonate Conference this week!

Sending our love and thoughts to those affected by the tragic events on April 6th.

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Friday April 13th – Resonate Student Music Conference is this coming week for Division Band Students grade 7-12. Please see the below times for bus pick ups and drop offs. Students will be rehearsing with the West Band after Resonate.

Pick ups

  • Bus 1: Colonsay 7:15am    Allan 7:35am   Dundurn gas station 8:00am
  • Bus 2: Aberdeen 7:30am Clavet: 8:00am

All Students Depart Beaver Creek Camp by 6:00pm

Students will need to bring their instruments and music. There is no concert uniform or dress necessary.

 

Senior coursework and Skills due this Wednesday – Retreats

It is nearly Easter but before the Easter Bunny, cometh the coursework collector. Senior Term 2 skills are due this coming Wednesday (for Aberdeen, Allan, Clavet and Colonsay students only) and a concert review. Please submit them at rehearsal on Wednesday or via email. Grade 7-9 have 10 skills per term due, 10-12 have 15 due.

Division Classes this Wednesday in Allan please be there.

Important Dates coming up: (NEW)

  • April 13thResonate: All seniors will be bused to Resonate student music conference at Beaver Creek on April 13th. The East and West Band will stay after to rehearse as a group in preparation for in-division tour and final concerts
  • April 21st –  Seniors Ensemble Retreat:  Venue tbc. ‘Song’ and ‘RhythmBox’ Students will be working with guest artists on Saturday morning. Optional activity in the afternoon.
  • May 10-13th – SENIOR TOUR – TBC  This will be discussed this Wednesday

TRIP CANCELLED **Optimist Update** No trip tomorrow :(

Update:

The bus depot has been in further contact with the drivers and ourselves this evening.  Unfortunately with a Winter Storm Warning and a recommendation that all non-essential travel be postponed the joint decision has been made to cancel tomorrows Optimist Festival Trip.

We are incredibly disappointed not to be able to highlight the students hard work. As a teaching team we will sit down and discuss some different options to replace this trip that we can present to students and parents next Wednesday at the Allan division rehearsal. All parent and student ideas are always welcome.

Thank you for your understanding.

PLEASE SPREAD THIS MESSAGE WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW IN SENIOR BAND TO ENSURE THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN RECEIVED

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Optimist Festival Trip tomorrow

Hello,

Just a quick note in reference to potential bad weather tomorrow. In consultation with the bus depot we will be updated at 5:30am if weather conditions are too bad to drive.

I will update the blog with any changes if there are any straight after being notified.

Look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow

6am            @ Aberdeen       and    Colonsay

6:20am                                              Allan

6:30am    Stonebridge Walmart

6:50am                Dundurn Gas Station